International conventions on drugs did not allow national frameworks the flexibility to tackle drug issues in the light of the local context, history and traditions. The capacity of public health systems to deal with opiates and pain management had to be enhanced.
- Flexibility in the UN drug conventions
- Access to controlled medicines
In order to better respond to the growing partnership between the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations, a dedicated Committee on United Nations Affairs was established in the spring of 2007. The IPU met in October 2014 to discuss a number of issues, including global drug control.